Fresh Start Chapter 37

That evening Jirra researched Alexis. One thing that stood out right away was what a genuinely friendly and down-to-earth person she was. One article joked that she was too nice to be in Hollywood. That was good; thought Jirra, the last thing she wanted was to be around a prima donna.

It had been a very busy day and Jirra was exhausted. The newsletter had been approved by Judy and had been printed out. A copy was in every room and in the spa mailboxes for all the staff. Jirra was relieved that the first one was done. She was also anxious to see the reaction of the staff.

That evening Jirra called Emily and introduced herself. To her total surprise, Emily already knew about her and was pleased that Judy had selected her to be Alexis' liaison.

"Jirra, Alexis just wants to relax. Having someone to hangout with will make it easier for her to blend in. She's not at the point of being mobbed, but people do recognise her. Being with a local will make people think she just looks like someone famous," stated Emily. "You'll like her. I've been an agent for thirty years, and Alexis is one of the nicest people I've known."

"I'm looking forward to meeting her," replied Jirra.

"Now, Alexis loves nature, so don't be surprised if she wants to go on long hikes," continued Emily.

"We have several trails leading right out of the spa. I saw a coyote just this morning on one," replied Jirra.

"Excellent, Alexis will love that. I'm pleased that you love the outdoors too."

They talked for nearly an hour. By the time they were finished, Jirra felt more confident in her duties.

Jirra got up from her desk and walked to the bathroom, she felt a little "off" and was hoping she wasn't coming down with something. She had been working hard on the newsletter the past few days and had been sort of stressed about it.

She decided to take a long hot bath to relax. It was something that Mum did when she needed to relax. It was when she undressed that she noticed the blood stain in her panties.

"****!" she exclaimed; she knew that this meant that she was starting her period. That also meant that the physical transformation was complete. She pulled her panties back up, put on her robe, and went to see Mum.

Liz had been expecting this any day and had a supply of feminine products standing by for Jirra.

"Now, I know this is pretty traumatic for you, but you'll get used to it," explained Liz sympathetically to Jirra, as she handed her a box of tampons.

Jirra stared at the box. "I know what they are, but.... what I mean is..."

"The instructions are right on the box. If you have any questions, I'll be right out here."

Jirra nodded and walked slowly into her mother's bathroom.

Just as Mum had said, the instructions were on the box. Jirra gently inserted the tampon and stared down at the string that was protruding from her vagina. She shook her head slowly in disbelief. She then realised that she hadn't brought a fresh pair of panties and asked her mum for assistance.

A few minutes later, they were sitting together on Jirra's bed.

"How do you feel?" asked Liz, her arm around Jirra's waist.

Jirra rested her head on her mum's shoulder. "Physically okay, mentally, I'm a mess. I was hoping that this wouldn't happen."

"I know this won't cheer you up or anything, but I'm pleased that it's happening, if only because it shows that you're healthy."

"Wouldn't it be better if I wasn't functional?"

Liz shook her head. "It's never good when your body isn't fully functional."

"I guess that makes sense. Still, it doesn't make me feel any better."

"Do you have any questions?"

"About this? No, I've been reading up on it on the net," replied Jirra. "I just hope that I don't get cramps."

"Do you want to vent a little, Roo?" asked Liz with a grin.

Jirra started to smile, but soon she was crying and holding on to her mum.

Liz just held her child and stroked the back of Jirra's head. She remembered how she'd felt during her first cycle; at least she had been expecting it.

After a long cry, Jirra sat up. "Thanks," she stated as she reached for the tissues.

"You want a mug of hot chocolate?"

"Will that help?"

"It won't hurt, Roo," replied Liz with a wink.

Over the chocolate, Liz talked to Jirra about what to expect and what she had to do.

"So I can expect this on a regular basis from now on," remarked Jirra, as she sipped her chocolate.

"Around every twenty-eight days, although it can vary," replied Liz.

"Yippee."

"You'll get used to it. Just let me know if you need anything."

"I will. I'll bet you never thought we'd be having this conversation," replied Jirra.

"Oh, I got a phone call from my friend who I sent the mud to. He stated that the mud was high in certain minerals, but nothing out of the ordinary for this area. He did note that the sample from after the lightning strike had slightly different readings. We'll get a full report in the mail."

"So will they go back to using it?"

"I don't see any reason not to. The kettles are fully insulated now, thanks to Gregory and his staff."

"I guess it'll be okay."

"I'll tell Judy the next time I see her."

Jirra took one last sip of her chocolate. She then fought back a big yawn. "Thanks again, Mum. I think I'll go to bed."

"Good night, Roo," stated Liz, and she gave Jirra a kiss.

"You going to bed?"

"Not yet. I have some things to do before I go to bed. See you in the morning."

Liz called Judy on the phone and told her what had happened.

"How're you handling it?" asked Judy.

"Me? Jirra's the one I'm worried about," replied Liz.

"Exactly. I have a nice bottle of port, why don't I come over and you can help me sample it."

Liz laughed. "Okay, that sounds good."

Judy arrived a few minutes later and joined her friend out on the patio.

"Sorry, I don't have the right glasses," apologized Liz.

Judy poured out the port in the two juice glasses. "I remember when we would just pass the bottle back and forth."

Liz broke out in a laugh.

"Look, I know you have to be all stoic for Jirra, but you can't hold it all in. You've been through a lot these past few months," stated Judy. She raised her glass. "Skol!"

"Cheers!" replied Liz and tapped her glass to Judy's. "It hasn't been easy."

"You and Jirra are definitely blazing a new trail."

"She's doing pretty fine. Even though she doesn't like what happened and doesn't quite accept that she's a girl, she's determined to function. By the way, thank you so much for assigning her to the newsletter."

"Don't thank me, she's been great. I don't know if you looked it over, but the newsletter is ten times better than what I was hoping for. I'm very impressed with what she put together for me."

"That's good to hear," replied Liz. She took another sip and drained her glass.

Without asking Judy refilled it. "Have you heard back from my lawyer?"

"Just a phone call that everything was progressing nicely. I had to provide him with Jirra's new middle name," replied Liz. She took another sip of the port. "This is much better than the Boone's Farm we used to drink."

Judy made a yuck face. "What name did you pick out?"

"I went with Jirra's suggestion and picked out a name starting with R. I've nicknamed her Roo. I also named her after Travis's mother. It's Roslyn."

"What a lovely name. Did you tell Jirra yet?"

"No, I'm saving that for later. She told me she wanted me to surprise her."

Judy smiled and took another sip of her port. "This really is pretty good. You want some more?"

Liz shook her head. "I have a lot to do tomorrow. Have to be ready for Monday."

"I can't believe that it's almost here. We have almost eighty percent booking for the first month. I'd been hoping for fifty!"

Liz then told Judy about the mud. "I guess you can go back to using it. It looks like Jirra's transformation was one-in-a-million."

"I'll let Cari know tomorrow. Is Jirra okay with us using the mud again?"

Liz nodded. "Yes."

"I have something else to tell you," stated Judy. She then told Liz about Alexis Eden's visit.

"Well, Jirra is really a good employee, as she didn't say a word to me about this."

"I have a question for you, Liz."

Liz was drinking the last of her port, but motioned for Judy to continue.

"How're you fixed for Jirra's college tuition?"

"Travis and I put some away. She should qualify for a scholarship or two. It also depends on where she goes to college, why?"

"I want to help. I can't pay Jirra for what she's doing, but I'd like to contribute to her education."

"That's very generous, Judy, but..."

Judy cut her off. "I don't have any kids, and you're the closest thing I've had to a sister. I consider you and Jirra family."

"Come to think of it, I think I will have some more, if only to toast my sister," replied Liz.

Judy complied and filled both their glasses. They tapped glasses and toasted their friendship.

"Just remember that you don't have to carry the burden of the world on your back, Liz."

"I will."

"Well, I'd better get going. See you at breakfast tomorrow."

Liz stood up and hugged Judy. "See ya then."

Liz stopped by Jirra's room and checked on her. She then remembered the gift that she had ordered online. She retrieved it from her room and placed it in Jirra's arms.

"Good night, Roo," she whispered and leaned down and kissed her on the head.
Becnme Becnme
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2 Responses Dec 4, 2012

Another good chapter.

I was thinking that Liz may be getting snuggily too for a min.